Wednesday, June 25, 2014

"Should I Write an Orchestral Piece?" asks a composer.

Here is the resulting flowchart.


Anonymous said...

I suspect a lot of folks' "Should I go listen to a new orchestral piece?" chart would be similar.

Dave MacD said...

That's not really a question most composers would ask. Most would instead ask to a conductor something like this: "would you like to work on something together?"

My usual joke that I tell fellow composers is that writing a piece for orchestra is like buying a lottery ticket that costs one year of your life.

Elaine Fine said...

Thanks for finding this, Lisa. That's an excellent analogy, Dave, unless you happen to be a composer who has a lot of money. If you have enough money (from an inheritance or from investment capital, let's say) to pay an orchestra in need of money to play it and pay extra for the orchestra to publicize it, you're in good shape to have it performed once.